Men's Health Tips


How to Reduce the Risks Associated with TURP

Not long ago a man who underwent a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) faced the possibility of having a lengthy hospital stay and perhaps a transfusion. The use of laser surgery has removed those possible risks.

In fact, a good surgeon can perform a TURP on an outpatient basis. Of course every patient wants to be guaranteed an excellent doctor. How can a man who knows that he is going to have a TURP find a top-rated surgeon, a doctor who promises to safeguard the health of the prostate cancer patient?
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Prostate Cancer Nutrition Recommendations

Maintain a whole-foods diet; eat plenty of whole grains, raw nuts and seeds, and unpolished brown rice; millet cereal is a good source of protein

Eat wheat, oats, and bran; also eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprout, cabbage, and cauliflower, and yellow and deep orange vegetables, such as carrots, pumpkin, squash, and yams; this type of diet is important for the prevention of cancer as well as for healing
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Prostate Cancer

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland at the base of the bladder that encircles the urethra, the tube through which the urine is voided. The prostate produces prostatic fluid, which makes up the bulk of the male ejaculate and nourishes and transports the sperm. Cancer of the prostate gland is the second leading cause of cancer death among men. It is primarily a disease of aging.

Men in their thirties and forties rarely develop prostate cancer, but the incidence increases steadily after the age of fifty. Approximately 80 percent of all cases occur in men over the age of sixty-five, and by the age of eight, 80 percent of all men have prostate cancer to some degree.
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What is TCAP?

TCAP stands for Targeted CryoAblation of the Prostate. TCAP is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that offers a unique method for destruction of the tumor cells.

During TCAP the physician places 6-8 thin metal rods inside the prostate gland. These are hollow rods that hold argon gas. The argon gas will freeze any tissue that is close to the rods. The physician uses a special “warming rod” to protect the urethra from the super cold temperatures. The tubes are positioned by using the images obtained with ultrasound.
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PSA – an Updated Look

For the past 15 years physicians receiving the results of a PSA test have focused on the absolute value of the test results. This test shows the level of prostate specific antigen in a patient’s bloodstream.

Until recently a score of 6.5 (above average) meant that a biopsy appeared the best next step in the normal diagnostic procedure, the prevailing method for identifying patients with prostate cancer. Now, however, things are changing.

Mark Litwin, M.D., an urologist at UCLA, as quoted in a University publication, said “It has become apparent in the last several years that PSA kinetics give us much better information about whether there is likely to be cancer present, and whether that cancer is likely to be aggressive.”
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Should You Be Tested for Prostate Cancer?

Physicians recommend that all men “at risk” of getting prostate cancer receive an annual screening test. This is excellent advice, but just who is “at risk”? A man’s chances of getting prostate cancer increase as he gets older.

A man who has no family history of prostate cancer enters the “at risk” group when he turns 50. If a man knows that his father, uncles or brothers have had prostate cancer, then he must consider himself “at risk” once he turns 40. Both a man’s environment and a man’s behavior can increase his risk of getting prostate cancer.
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Prostate Cancer Detection and Post Detection Decisions

Not every prostate cancer harbors the same characteristics. Some grow rapidly and quickly form metastases. Others grow so slowly that they go unrecognized for many years. These differences have made it difficult for physicians to determine when and how prostate caner can be detected with the greatest efficiency.

Currently, the American Cancer Society recommends that all men over 50 get an annual screening test for prostate cancer. The oldest screening test available to the physician is the digital rectal examination (DRE). When a man gets a DRE he permits the physician to insert a gloved finger into his rectum. In this way the physician can feel the prostate and can discover whether or not the patient’s prostate holds any abnormal growths.
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Laparoscopic Prostatectomy

In 2004 a respected urologic cancer surgeon and a well-known laparoscopic surgeon put their heads together and developed a procedure that is now called laparoscopic prostatectomy. That procedure has become part of the Prostate Cancer Program, one of only 11 U.S. programs acknowledged by the National Cancer Institute as representing a “specialized program of research excellence.”

The laparoscope is a sterile surgical instrument. It contains two main parts: a long tube called a trocar and a tiny camera at one end of that tube. The camera gives off light, and the trocar’s small circuits transmit that light through the tube to a video screen. The screen is in the operating room, where it is viewed by the surgeon.
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Prostate Cancer and Impotence

Awareness of prostate cancer has increased significantly during recent years, with more and more men being checked, diagnosed and treated for this disease. Earlier detection and advancing medical treatments have indeed saved the lives of many men. Unfortunately, a relatively high number of patients who undergo current treatments experience impotence as a side effect. The good news is that there are ways of overcoming this impotence and regaining your sexual vitality.

A very important part of the male reproductive system, the prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland located between the bladder and the base of the penis. It wraps around the urethra (the tube which carries urine to the tip of the penis) and its main function is to produce the liquid which is the transport vehicle for sperm. During orgasm, muscular contractions in the prostate force the sperm into the urethra, where ejaculation then takes over.
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Prostate Cancer

The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. It makes and stores semen (ejaculate) and is located near the rectum and beneath the urinary bladder.

Prostate cancer is generally slow growing although there is a percentage of them that are fast growing. As of today we do not have a way to distinguish this.

Most men are over the age of 65 when diagnosed with prostate cancer but with the use of PSA (prostate specific antigen) prostate cancer is being detected earlier and this average age is getting younger and younger.
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